I’ve recently been building a flex based GUI and wanted to populate certain UI components using some XML returned via a Java Servlet. I thought this would be very simple using the mx:xml tag. However it turns out that the mx:xml tag does not support dynamic content (it populates at compile time and does not update at runtime).
So instead I needed to use the mx:HTTPService tag and use this to return the XML as a variable which can then be assigned to my UI components. I also need to create methods to handle success and fail of calling the HTTP Service:
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Here we have defined a variable xmldata to hold the xml content. We populate this data using the HTTP Service tag. We then create the UI element, passing in the XML we obtained from the Servlet. Simples.